It sounds like something straight out of a movie, but it’s true – the U.S. recruited rappers in Cuba to help foment social rebellion against the Communist government.
It all started with Los Aldeanos, a rap group whose lyrics focused on the oppressive government they lived under. The U.S. Agency for International Development hired a contractor who sent a guy named Rajko Bozic to Cuba with a mission to “help Cuban youth break the information blockade” by utilizing Los Aldeanos as covert social tools. Bozic had helped propel the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia by way of massive protest concerts.
Bozic approached Los Aldeanos as a promoter and didn’t let them know he’d been hired by the U.S. government. He pitched them an idea for a TV show that would help shed light on upcoming rap artists via the distribution of DVDs. It was part of a larger plan by USAID to undermine the Cuban government in the eyes of the youth. They even created a new Twitter-like social media app called ZunZuneo specifically for this mission.
You can’t make this sh*t up. Watch the clip above.